Christians, what do you think is worse in the eyes of God, ‘deconverting’ from being Christian, or never converting in the first place?
Most people will agree that ancient people, or even today in countries with little outside influence, people that never learn about Christianity will not go to Hell. Obviously it would be stupid to punish people for something outside of their control, it would be like punishing a car manufacturer because someone got a speeding ticket.
Although come to think of it, if all people who don’t know about Christianity go to Heaven, why teach them about it in the first place? There’s no point in ‘saving souls’ that are technically already saved. Just leave the remote tribes alone and don’t bother complicating their lives and their fates by telling them about God.
On that same line of thought, humans don’t tend to punish ignorance. A young child who accidentally kills someone would likely not receive the death penalty or a life in prison simply for the fact that they do not know any better. So why would God punish ignorance? Most (if not all) atheists don’t believe in God because there is not enough evidence for his existence, especially now that we have explained many of the things that used to be attributed to gods, such as lightning, volcanoes, earthquakes and stars. So if atheists are wrong and God exists, then why would he punish us for not knowing any better?
If you are a Christian and are ‘saved’, if you lose your faith, do you go back to being ‘unsaved’? 2 Peter 2:20-22 says this:
“For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
So by the looks of it the Bible thinks that deconverting is just the same as never converting in the first place. However people who deconvert do it because of lack of evidence, so therefor they have the same ‘excuse’ as any atheist, in that there is not enough evidence for God’s existence. If Jesus is too busy to show himself and appear before you, and if God’s too busy to perform miracles to strengthen your faith, then they have no reason to send people who don’t believe to Hell. And it really doesn’t matter anyway, people must first prove that God exists before trying to decide who will make it to Heaven and who won’t.
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